March has been a month of tail-chasing here at Temple Towers, hence the radio- or, rather, blog- silence. Participation in social media has been limited to a few photos and carefully honed witticisms on Facebook and the odd comment on various news outlets.

In the middle of all this, I have managed to get halfway through The Wretched (aka Les Miserables) which has been this year’s Lent book (me neither). It’s very readable, if a bit long, and I’m quite enjoying it, although I did skip over the blow by blow account of the Battle of Waterloo which didn’t seem to bring anything much to the party. A Tale of Two Cities might have been a better choice.

I’ve also managed to take in a bit of TV (including the underwhelming Civilisations) and a couple of DVDs, which I haven’t got round to reviewing properly, but here, as they say, is a quick roundup.

The Martian (Film). Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13. Gloriously entertaining, even if it is clichéed within in an inch of its life.

The Lost City of Z  (Film)Well reviewed when it came out, but turned out to be a disappointingly dull and lazy film.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Film) Dramatisation of the fictional childhood of a real boy whose childhood was famously fictionalised

Rembrandt – The 1974 Kenneth Clarke Lectures (DVD) The visual quality, especially the colour is of its time – an important factor when looking at paintings. Nevertheless, Clarke, a Rembrandt expert, gives a masterly overview of the life and work of one of the greatest painters of all time.

Call the Midwife (TV). <<Sob>>

Minions(Film).  A rewatching of  the Despicable Me  prequel.  A potted history of the emonymous incompetently evil little yellow people, culminating in their adventures in Swinging London in which they steal the Crown Jewels and accidentally overthrow the British monarchy due to a misunderstanding over a sword in a stone. Innocent, funny, well-observed and completely priceless.